Erin Hassanzadeh


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My Simple, Eclectic Seoul Studio

It’s a bitterly cold day in Seoul and in a not so unusual turn of events, I spent the afternoon hiding out in a hipster coffee house, praying for spring to come quickly. My friends who are willing go out in nearly zero degree temperatures just for a cup of coffee are coincidentally the type of friends who like to sit around and talk about ambitions, motivators, and life lessons we’ve (often) learned the hard way. Today our winding conversation led to a discussion about what truly makes us happy. This chit-chat paired with glancing through several architecture and home design booklets got me thinking…

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Seoul’s Quirky Aesthetic On Display – Fashion Week 2015

This weekend, I fell in love with Seoul just a little bit more.

There are too many things to love about the vibrant, complex city. Aside from the heavenly food and historic palaces – the flawless people and their impeccable style is the most intriguing part of the city.

Hanging out at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza for Seoul Fashion Week (March 20th-25th) was unlike anything I’ve done in Korea and is hands down my favorite thing I have done.

I should mention, I’m no fashion expert. I’ve never been to New York Fashion week or anything like it. In my head, when I think of events like Milan or New York Fashion Week, I picture crowds of sleek, chicly dressed people in dark colors.

Seoul Fashion Week was nothing like that.

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Settling In and Discovering 팥빙수

I’ve been in South Korea for exactly two weeks and I’m finally starting to feel like I have settled in.

So far I have been juggling Korean language class, English teaching workshops, adjusting my diet and sleep schedule, attempting to lesson plan for the first time, and trying to make some new friends while keeping in touch with friends and family at home. It has been a lot to handle but I couldn’t be happier to start this new adventure.

For our six week orientation all 76 English Teaching Assistants live on the campus of Jungwon University in Goesan. The other grantees are from all around the United States. Everyone here is so different, kind, smart, talented, and passionate. The highlight of my time in Korea has been getting to know all of my peers. Here’s a look at our group on a recent temple visit.

Temple Visit


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